“The Biden administration has placed the Indo-Pacific front and center during the past two months. From the virtual Quad summit – bringing together the leaders of Australia, Japan, India, and the U.S. for the first time – earlier this month to the overseas trips by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the United States made its focus on the region clear through allocation of that most previous resource: time.

“The Diplomat asked Danny Russel, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, via email about the early signals from the Biden administration on Asia policy. Russel was formerly President Barack Obama’s top Asia aide and served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs from 2013 to 2017…”

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